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What is the Apple iCloud?

The iCloud is a cloud platform from Apple that has been available since the iOS 8 operating system and allows Apple users to synchronize data between different devices and store it in the cloud. It offers comparable services to its competitors Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive.

What is the Apple iCloud?

The Apple iCloud services have been available since 2012 and allow data to be stored in the cloud, shared, or synchronized between different devices. Basically, the service can be used not only on Apple devices. In addition to iOS devices, i.e. iPhones and iPads, and macOS devices, i.e. MacBooks, you can also use the Apple Cloud on Windows computers or via a web browser application, which then works independently of the operating system.

Although the data is stored in the cloud, the files, such as photos, videos, or documents, can still be found in the corresponding apps. For example, in the app for videos and photos, you can find files that are stored locally on the device as well as files that have been stored in the cloud. To view the cloud files, simply select the “Files” app and then the “iCloud Drive” location in the “Browse” tab. Then you will see all the files and documents that are currently stored in your Apple Cloud.

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What services does iCloud offer?

The following basic services are implementable with Apple iCloud:

  • Photos and videos can be stored in the cloud, synced between different devices, and shared.
  • The cloud enables document sharing and collaborative work so that all participants can see the changes directly.
  • Creating backups of devices, such as the iPhone or MacBook, so that if necessary you can restore the state of the device at the time of the backup.
  • Saving email messages in the cloud and thus synchronizing the email inbox across different devices.

Google Drive vs. Apple iCloud

There are now a large number of providers that offer storage space in the cloud. A big competitor of Apple’s iCloud is the Google Drive product. Although the basic features of both products are very similar, there are some features that should be considered when choosing a provider.

Above all, iCloud is the optimal solution for all Apple products, since 5 GB of free cloud storage is already available with an Apple ID, i.e. the Apple access account. It also allows Apple’s various devices to be perfectly connected and synchronized with each other. The transition from the macOS computer operating system to the iOS smartphone and tablet operating system also works without any problems. However, it quickly becomes difficult when transitioning to other operating systems. For the Windows system, there is an additional application with which such a device can also participate in cloud storage. With an Android device, on the other hand, the integration is rather cumbersome.

With Google Drive, on the other hand, devices with almost all operating systems can be integrated very easily. Compatibility is also given to other manufacturers and systems, such as Windows, Android, or iOS. Furthermore, Google Drive offers significantly more free storage than iCloud with 15 GB. Additionally, the cloud storage is of course optimized for all other programs from Google, such as Google Maps or Google Photos. Thus, integration with these systems is very easy.

How to use iCloud for Windows?

Apple’s cloud storage can now also be used on the Windows operating system. To do this, you have to download the corresponding app from the Microsoft Store.

After downloading and starting the application, you log in as usual with your Apple ID and confirm the two-factor authentication. Then you can select the services whose status should be synchronized with the device.

For users who do not use Apple iCloud on Windows that often and therefore do not want to download the app, the website can also be used. This works on all devices, regardless of the operating system.

What are the Apple iCloud costs?

Apple iCloud prices are strongly dependent on the country and currency. Generally, you pay as soon as you need more than 5 GB of storage space. The following Apple iCloud costs apply to the US:

  • Up to 50 GB of storage costs $0.99 per month.
  • Up to 200 GB of storage costs $2.99 per month.
  • Up to 2 TB of storage costs $9.99 per month.

You can find the entire Apple iCloud pricing overview here.

This is what you should take with you

  • Apple iCloud storage offers the possibility to store files in the cloud and use them on different devices.
  • It is not only available on Apple devices, but can also be used on other operating systems via a web browser and app.

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  • You can find the website of Apple’s cloud storage here.
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